Published: 19/03/2012 15:10 - Updated: 19/03/2012 21:45

Switch off plea to be heeded across Ross

Written byby Hector Mackenzie

Youngsters at Auchtertyre Primary - and friend - are all set to show their support for the big switch off
Youngsters at Auchtertyre Primary - and friend - are all set to show their support for the big switch off

SCHOOLS, businesses and householders in Ross-shire are finding a global campaign a real turn-off - but in a good way!

Highland Council is the latest Scottish local authority to sign up to WWF's Earth Hour 2012. 

At 8.30pm on Saturday,March 31, the people of Highland will join millions across the globe in switching off their lights for 60 minutes in a graphic demonstration of support for people and wildlife threatened by climate change.

Highland Council has participated in Earth Hour each year since it began in 2008.

As a show of support, it has arranged for the floodlighting to be switched off at key landmarks including Ruthven Barracks, Kingussie,  Inverness Castle, Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit,  and Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie.

Pupils at Auchtertyre Primary (pictured) are also backing the campaign. They're close to Eilan Donan, an iconic castle that is taking part.

The council hopes the effort will make people think about the energy they use, where it comes from and the impact that has on the environment and climate change.

Individuals, groups, businesses and communities are encouraged to participate.

To register for this year's event please visit: ww.wwfscotland.org.uk/earthhour

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